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Passengers’ Rights in an Accident

When you are a Passenger Involved in an Accident

It is always scary to be involved in a car accident; and when you are a passenger, it can be downright terrifying to see an accident coming and not be able to do anything about it. Unfortunately, passengers often sustain serious injuries in accidents that are no fault of their own. Furthermore, because they are not insured directly, they are often confused about their rights in this type of situation.

If you or someone you care about is involved in a car accident as a passenger, it is important to understand that you are afforded the same rights as any other innocent, injured party. Furthermore, if the driver of the vehicle in which you are riding is found to be at fault, his or her insurance company will likely be liable to pay for your medical bills, loss of wages, and any other compensation you are entitled to.

When the Driver is Your Friend                                                                                            

When you get into a vehicle with a friend or co-worker, being involved in a car accident is probably the furthest thing from your mind. Unfortunately, when an accident does occur, you may become injured and need medical treatment, miss work, or even sustain life-threatening, disabling injuries.

This type of situation may cause you to feel guilty, wondering if you should seek compensation or simply try to pay the bills yourself. This is a mistake that could cost you your financial future. It is the law in Illinois that drivers carry insurance and it is the insurance company who will be responsible for paying your bills and providing the compensation you are entitled to. Never let loyalty to a friend stop you from filing a claim with an insurance company that is paid monthly premiums for this very purpose.

Additionally, once you decide to file a claim, the insurance adjuster may try to place some of the blame on you! If your friend was intoxicated, he or she may tell you that it was your responsibility to stop them from driving, or in other situations, that you distracted the driver. This is why it is important to speak with an experienced Chicago auto accident attorney prior to agreeing to any type of settlement.

Consult with a Knowledgeable Chicago Auto Accident Attorney                                  

If you or someone you love has been seriously injured while riding in a vehicle, it is important to consult with a legal professional as soon as possible. At Shea Law Group, our knowledgeable and compassionate team of Chicago auto accident attorneys will help you determine the best way to proceed. You have already suffered physically and emotionally, there is no reason to suffer financially as well.

Before you agree to any type of settlement, reach out to us at (877)-365-0040 for your free no obligation consultation. We have handled thousands of accident cases and hundreds similar to yours—we will not let you down.